Sparkling Wines: Celebrating The Differences

The name Champagne is so branded that it has become a catch-all for all sparkling wine, much to the great chagrin of France. They do have a point…Champagne is a place. If it’s not made in that place it’s not Champagne. Now there are a lot of “sparkling wines”, and some are very good, but the process of making real Champagne differs from them. Without going into the entire process, it involves a secondary fermentation

Wine Gift Guide

By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. Wine makes the perfect gift for a number of reasons. You can buy a good bottle to fit any budget. It has a wide age-range appeal. It’s the perfect “emergency” gift to have on hand in case you forgot someone and yet enjoy yourself if you covered all your bases. And lastly, one size fits all and doubles are fine!  So whether you are invited to a

Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. The long-standing rule of matching wine and food – red wine with meat and white wine with fish – actually has a scientific explanation. Then again, I doubt too many people eat meat or fish without a compliment of side dishes…especially on such a gastronomic feast as Thanksgiving.  So how do you pair the perfect wine for a meal that is a minefield of competing tastes and flavors? Eliminate

What is Port?

What is Port?

By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. Officially, real port wine comes only from the Douro region in Portugal. Port is a fortified wine, which means it’s a wine that begins production like any other wine but brandy is added early to stop fermentation. This raises the alcohol level and leaves sugars un-fermented, resulting in a sweet wine. There are variations, but the most common are Ruby and Tawny. Ruby Port As you might guess

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